STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – The City of Sterling Heights learned early Friday morning that retired Police Sergeant Daryl Brown, 50-years-old, was hit by a suspected drunk driver while in Detroit and has since passed away.
The entire City of Sterling Heights, especially the Sterling Heights Police Department, is in mourning today.
“Our Sterling Heights Police family is devastated at the loss of retired Sterling Heights Police Sergeant Daryl Brown. Sergeant Brown dedicated 26 years of his life to this city working as a road officer, narcotics officer and many years as a sergeant in our traffic safety bureau,” said Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski. “Daryl will always be remembered for his big smile and his caring spirit. As great of a police officer Daryl was, he was an even better father and friend. Sergeant Brown spent the majority of his life protecting the residents of Sterling Heights. We ask that everyone please keep his wife, two young children and all of his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Mayor Michael C. Taylor said he and members of City Council were devastated to learn of the loss of Sergeant Brown this morning.
“Our sincerest condolences go out to Sergeant Brown’s family during this difficult time,” Taylor said. “It is truly devastating to the entire City of Sterling Heights family to lose someone who was so special in such a senseless way. Sergeant Brown will be remembered in Sterling Heights for his years of dedicated service to our Police force.”
The incident took place at approximately 2:15AM on E Jefferson Ave at Beaubien Street near the Renaissance Center.
A preliminary investigation shows the victim was crossing Jefferson when he was struck by a silver Pontiac G6. The car dragged Daryl Brown several feet. The driver then fled the scene.
Detroit Police Officers were able to locate the vehicle and its driver. Police arrested the 30-year-old. He is suspected of being drunk while driving when he struck and killed Sergeant Brown.